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Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Impersonates Will Ferrell Impersonating George W Bush

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has used a speech in London to call on European leaders to close their borders to asylum seekers or risk imperilling their nations.

Abbott used the occasion to promote the Coalition’s hardline asylum seeker policies as a solution to Europe’s migrant crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people, mainly from the Middle East, cross into the continent.

The former PM urged regional leaders to act by “turning around boats and denying entry at the border for people with no right to come” ::::



“It will require some force, it will require massive logistics and expense; it will gnaw at our consciences,” Mr Abbott said. “Yet it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity surging through Europe and quite possibly changing it forever.”

He outlined his concern that “misguided altruism” was “…leading much of Europe into catastrophic error”.

“No country or continent can open its borders to all comers without fundamentally weakening itself,” he said.

He cautioned, “too much mercy for some necessarily undermines justice for all”.

Mr Abbott called for more to be done to counter the ideology behind extremist groups, such as Islamic State.

“It’s a pity that the recent UN Leaders’ week summit was solely about countering violent extremism … and not abound not about dealing much more effectively with the caliphate that’s now the most potent inspiration for it,” he said.

Mr Abbott acknowledged the lack of public appetite for escalating involvement in the Middle East, but he emphasised the need for military action.

“Leaving anywhere, even Syria, to the collective determination of Iran, Russia and Daesh [Islamic State] should be too horrible to contemplate,” he said.

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Current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to be drawn into the debate about Mr Abbott’s comments.

“Tony has given a speech. I will leave others to run the commentary on it,” Mr Turnbull said. “He has obviously had a remarkable career in public life, including two years as prime minister. We owe him a great debt for that. His views are in hot demand everywhere in the world.”

However, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Europe’s asylum seeker crisis was complex.

“I am not sure Tony Abbott on a victory lap giving a Margaret Thatcher Lecture is exactly what Europe needs to solve its problems,” Mr Shorten said. “I think the issues there are issues which the Europeans have to grapple with and simply saying Australia has all the answers is not the right way to go.”

Mr Abbott arrived at Guildhall in London with wife Margie by his side, after the pair spent time hiking in Scotland, including a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

The lecture, to honour former UK Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher, was attended by several Tory ministers in David Cameron’s government and Conservative Party officials.

Some of Mr Abbott’s current and former staff members attended the function, but not his former chief of staff Peta Credlin.

Abbott’s Speech ‘Disappointing and Simplistic’

Refugee Council of Australia president Phil Glendenning slammed Mr Abbott’s comments as “disappointing” and “simplistic”.

“In terms of what Mr Abbott’s proposing in Europe, it would be an utter catastrophe if people fleeing from persecution were told to go back there, were pushed back to sea where they would likely drown,” Mr Glendenning said. “I find it very disappointing that an Australian PM would say this.”

Mr Glendenning took aim at Mr Abbott’s claim he had stopped asylum seeker boats coming to Australia.

“It hasn’t actually stopped people taking to the sea in our region,”Mr Glendenning said. “The UN’s recently reported there are some 53,000 people trying to seek safety and security in our region. So the boats have sort of been deflected. They’ve passed the problem on to someone else.”

However, Mr Abbott received support from UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who backed his stance as “heroic” and “absolutely right”.

“There is a very big difference between being a civilised country that recognises that there are genuine refugees from time to time and having a lunatic policy,” Mr Farage said. That I’m afraid German chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed, saying ‘Please, world, come here, we’re pleased to have you’.”

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Backs Abbott on EU Boat Turn-backs

“What we’ve seen even from the EU’s own figures is that over 80 per cent of those that are coming are economic migrants, they’re not people who qualify for refugee services at all, and I think Tony Abbott is absolutely bang-on with his comments.”

Mr Farage said the European Union had been “utterly irresponsible” in its approach to asylum seekers, encouraging mass migration.

“Thousands of people are dying … they’re drowning in the Mediterranean, they’re in the hands of people traffickers and now we’ve got winter coming, so goodness knows what that’s going to mean for people living in some pretty cold parts of the Balkans or elsewhere,”Mr Farage said “I said myself six months ago … if we sent the wrong message, there’d be an exodus of biblical proportions, and that’s exactly what’s happened.”

Phil Glendenning slammed Mr Abbott’s call, saying such action would cost, not save, lives.

“In terms of what Mr Abbott’s proposing in Europe, it would be an utter catastrophe if people fleeing from persecution were told to go back there, were pushed back to sea where they would quite likely drown,” he said.

“I find it very disappointing that an Australian prime minister would say this.”

Mr Glendenning said he believed many European countries were more interested in “saving” people than “stopping” them, citing his recent visits to Italy and Malta.

“There’s a fundamental right in international law for people to escape persecution and to seek protection and by any measure, by any means,”Mr Glendenning said. “Sending them back to the persecution that they are fleeing takes away a fundamental plank of the civilisation that we’ve held dear for the last 50 or so years.”





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CHRONIC! Australia to Legalise Cannabis

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Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to all of the most effective medical treatments, including medical cannabis.

The minister said she had been moved by stories of people who get relief from the currently restricted drug, sometimes legally imported but not always. However, Ms Ley said the legalisation was only about medicinal cannabis, not recreational use.

“This is not a debate about legalisation of cannabis. This is not about illicit drugs. This is not a product you smoke. This has nothing to do with that,” Ms Ley said. “Most commonly the product is an oil or a tincture that you put on your skin.”

A progressive government in Victoria looks to have that state as the nation’s first onboard, the state Government plans to embark on a cannabis cultivation trial, based on the recommendations of a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission :: Read the full article »»»»



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At the moment, retired couples who own their home, and with other assets up to $1.1 million still qualify for a part pension, a position many consider untenable. The Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has strongly indicated he will look at scaling back access to the pension for wealthy Australians as an alternative to the Government’s current plan to change the rate of indexation.

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Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said last week that he wanted “modest, incremental change” to the pension system, though he is still standing by last year’s budget measure and an attempt to raise the pension age to 70 – which has also stalled in the Senate :: Read the full article »»»»


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The 16 and 17-year-olds came to the attention of Customs officers at Sydney Airport on Friday. The pair had return tickets to an undisclosed destination in the Middle East and a search of their luggage raised further suspicions of their intent.

Customs officers determined that they were intending to travel without the knowledge of their parents. The brothers were later allowed to leave the airport with their parents and were issued court attendance notices :: Read the full article »»»»



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